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Link to Navy Speak - Navy Terms & Acronyms: Navy Speak

All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

...and visit - America's Navy and also Navy Live - The Official Blog of the Navy to learn more.

OPSEC - Navy Operations Security

Always keep Navy Operations Security in mind.  In the Navy, it's essential to remember that "loose lips sink ships."  OPSEC is everyone's responsibility. 

DON'T post critical information including future destinations or ports of call; future operations, exercises or missions; deployment or homecoming dates.  

DO be smart, use your head, always think OPSEC when using texts, email, phone, and social media, and watch this video: "Importance of Navy OPSEC."

Follow this link for OPSEC Guidelines:



**UPDATE 4/26/2022** Effective with the May 6, 2022 PIR 4 guests will be allowed.  Still must be fully vaccinated to attend.

**UPDATE as of 11/10/2022 PIR vaccination is no longer required.

**UPDATE 7/29/2021** You now must be fully vaccinated in order to attend PIR:

In light of observed changes and impact of the Coronavirus Delta Variant and out of an abundance of caution for our recruits, Sailors, staff, and guests, Recruit Training Command is restricting Pass-in-Review (recruit graduation) to ONLY fully immunized guests (14-days post final COVID vaccination dose).  


RTC Graduation

**UPDATE 8/25/2022 - MASK MANDATE IS LIFTED.  Vaccinations still required.

**UPDATE 11/10/22 PIR - Vaccinations no longer required.


Please note! Changes to this guide happened in October 2017. Tickets are now issued for all guests, and all guests must have a ticket to enter base. A separate parking pass is no longer needed to drive on to base for parking.

Please see changes to attending PIR in the PAGES column. The PAGES are located under the member icons on the right side.

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Ranking system

Started this discussion. Last reply by dcookie27 Jan 29, 2013. 14 Replies

I am guessing the ranking system has to with test scores and education level, is this accurate, my son went in as an E3Continue


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I am a middle-aged mother of 3 grown children. I work as a medical transcriptionist at home for a VA Hospital. have been married for 25 years to my husband. My middle child has joined the Navy and I am so very proud of him. I miss him very much and have joined Navy for Moms to find support and encouragement during this difficult transition for me.
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It was positive and maturing. Our relationship has grown stronger.

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Downton Abby FANS

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 9:56am 5 Comments

Hi ladies,

While waiting for BC graduation, the best TV distraction is Downton Abby.    Is anyone out there a fan?  I would love to hear from you.  I have been in love with the series and now own all three seasons.  Just finished season 3 and it was well worth the wait.   I find it to be a calm and wonderful distraction to pass the time until graduation day.   Would love to hear from other fans.....

My DOGS have the blues

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 10:18pm 3 Comments

Hey ladies,

does anyone else have pets that miss their SR?   We have 3 dogs and they all went into my son's room and laid on the floor.  one jumped on the bed as if they are waiting for him.....does anyone have any experiences like this?   Animals are so sensitive and I am just thinking that they are missing him......

Separation Anxiety

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 11:54am 1 Comment

Good Morning Navy Moms,

I wanted to write another blog because writing helps me feel better.   Why is it that the strangest things remind me of my son and how much I miss him.  I went grocery shopping the other day and teared up at the peanut butter, my sons favorite. and while we are on the subject of food, I am making myself his breakfast every morning  which is healthy by the way.…


Separation Anxiety

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 11:54am 3 Comments

Good Morning Navy Moms,

I wanted to write another blog because writing helps me feel better.   Why is it that the strangest things remind me of my son and how much I miss him.  I went grocery shopping the other day and teared up at the peanut butter, my sons favorite. and while we are on the subject of food, I am making myself his breakfast every morning  which is healthy by the way.…


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At 7:56pm on February 7, 2013, Rhody Navy Mom said…

Hi dcookie 27, so sorry your feeling ill.  I was sick the first two weeks of January and it was horrible.  One thing after another.  Hope your feeling better soon!  Saying a prayer for your daughters sugary and hoping it goes fine.    With this storm he may get stuck at the hospital.  Does not look - can't believe how much snow we are going to get.  No letter from my son today, was hoping he might write but he told me since he called he may not and take the time to rest.  He is not a writer...I was so hoping though!  Sending my Valentines Day card tomorrow and think he will get it by the 14th. So wish I could order him chocolates or something and have them delivered, wouldn't that be awesome. He would be so embarrassed!  Well, hang in there, prayers to your family!  

At 11:05pm on February 6, 2013, Rhody Navy Mom said…

@dcookie27 - how are you holding up?   I am fine.  I keep writing letters about every other day.  Trying to keep busy!  So wish I could hear my sons voice again.  He is not a writer so I am hoping he writes home.  Feel like now that we are into the 3rd week, we are feeling more comfortable and more knowledgeable about this boot camp adventure.  I feel like I have learned so much from this website.  Counting down the days until PIR.  How is your daughter?  Hope your well, Tammy

At 1:17am on February 6, 2013, BunkerQB said…

Hey dcookie27,

Join this group composed of members with loved ones graduating on Mar 22.

PIR: 3/22/2013             TG 19 - 11 Divisions (121-130 and 919)

Just click on the underlined link and click +JOIN when the group's page opens up. Good luck to your recruit. My son finished his commitment in March. He is now a civilian. You'll meet some fantastic people on this site. I am blessed with some many new found friends. Please thank you recruit for us. Good luck.

Fair winds and following seas. 

At 8:51pm on February 5, 2013, lemonelephant said…

I have not flown into Chicago, so I know nothing of the airports there.  I know that some have found Milwaukee County’s General Mitchell International Airport to be cheaper and easier to navigate. Here is the website for that  I notice you asked about shuttles.  I would call Sarge and ask him how close you will be dropped off because if you are dropped off at the gate, that is about 100 yards from the gate to the Visitors Center.  If you drive, you can park in the handicapped parking and there are wheelchairs available. Sarge can help with answers on that.  His cell number is 847-212-0246.

At 4:49pm on February 5, 2013, DrTamika Ship12 Div129 said…

Finally received my form letter.  My daughter graduates on 29-Mar.  So excited to hear from her.  Just sent her a letter.  Will send another one by the end of the week.

At 5:52pm on February 3, 2013, DrTamika Ship12 Div129 said…
No I haven't received my form letter yet, just her belongings. My cousin told me that I should be receiving it sometime this week. I am looking forward to it.
At 7:48pm on February 1, 2013, Rhody Navy Mom said…

OH by the way, Bella is adorable!  I love that she is sitting in the sink!  

At 7:47pm on February 1, 2013, Rhody Navy Mom said…

Hi again, looking at flights.....I think I will fly out 3/21 early in morning and back on Sunday.  When do you come home?  What flights did you book?  Hoping the plan is still for my son, Nick, age 19, to stay at GL for A school and I can see him all weekend. If not, at least I could try to switch my plane ticket and fly home Sat. night without a fee.  So hard to plan this way! 

At 7:30pm on February 1, 2013, Rhody Navy Mom said…

MMM, can't say I remember you but think my focus was on my son and the emotions.  I was standing in front of the flags on left side of the podium, facing the recruits!  If you ever want to meet up and grab a coffee, let me know.  We are so close!  I find it so much more comforting now that I have an address and can plan PIR!  

At 11:29am on February 1, 2013, Rhody Navy Mom said…
hi dcookie27, your welcome regarding the websites, they are ver helpful! We are neighbors. Does your daughter have blond hair? If so think she took our pics! Looking at flights from Boston now due to the fees charged with United, $150 to change each ticket if you need to change it. Jet blue flies direct Boston - ohare! Did you book hotel yet?

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